Tannachy has been a fixture of Been there photos
pretty much from the start so it's awesome that I've finally cajoled him into sharing the knowledge he's learnt over the last few years. If you look at his photostream
you can see the practice and experimentalism which he's put into developing his skill and he makes even the view from his back garden look amazing.
We had trouble picking a shot from his back catalogue for Chris to discuss so threw it the to the floor for you guys to vote
. It was a close call but 'In the Clouds' won out.
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In the Clouds by Chris JonesIn the clouds is a photograph
of Mount Sefton in New Zealand's Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. It is one of the dominating peaks that can be seen from Mount Cook Village, and is often mistaken for Aorak/Mount Cook itself by tourists.
This image was taken high up
at the Mueller Hut which offers hikers the opportunity to spend a night high up mountains, offering, when the weather cooperates, some breathtaking views of Main Divide and Southern Alps.What I personally like about this image
is the small glimpse of the mountain looming through the cloud. It gives you a sense of what it was like up there, waiting for little pieces of cloud to open up and reveal something amazing and worthwhile.
From monitoring the weather forecasts
for a few days beforehand, I knew there would be the possibility that the cloud that had be lingering and obscuring all views for the last few weeks would potentially clear on this afternoon for a few days. So I set out on the two hour
, 1100m, hike up to the Mueller Hut. Very quickly visibility up the mountain disapeared leaving me in a potentially disapointing blanket of thick cloud. Once at the hut and after a hot drink
, occasional gaps would open up and reveal a mysterious peek at what was hidden from view.
This image was taken
as the cloud briefly dispersed to reveal a few fleeting glimpses of the majestic Mount Sefton that were still mostly invisible. As the views improved
and became almost perfect I could take the photographs that I had planned on taking, yet it is this image that I prefer over the grand vistas that were taken later in the day because it allows you a fleeting glimpse at something amazing, yet it remains mysterious and unknown. No special techniques
or fancy equipment were used and the shot was handheld. As a whole the image is relatively very simple.
Since the shot was essentially devoid of colour
and didn't affect the mood, the obvious choice was to convert it to black and white. Beyond this, the only processing done was to increase the contrast and apply a slight vignette around the edge to focus the viewers attention on the ridge.
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